Learn Math and Science using Hotwheels

Hot Wheels® Speedometry™ encourages inquiry and real-world, problem-based learning through play, hands-on activities and in-depth lesson plans that support both Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. This education curriculum, co-created with researchers at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, combines Hot Wheels® fun, imagination, and action, as well as toys and track to accelerate learning.


Grade 4 – Unit 1: Speed Ramps

These easy-to-use, play-based lessons and student activities are designed using the 5E Model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate) to support students in asking questions and creating experiments to determine the answers. The lessons in this sequence of hands-on activities build upon each other to develop a coherent conceptual understanding of the following:

  1. Potential and Kinetic Energy
  2. Measurement and Distance
  3. How to Represent Data with Charts
  4. How to Present Findings from Research Projects

Prior to starting the Speedometry™ curriculum unit, teachers are advised to watch the unique, unit-specific and lesson-specific videos provided for additional context and guidelines. The following videos are available for Unit 1:

  1. Unit 1 Classroom Intro
  2. 5E Teaching Model
  3. World Record Jump
  4. Engage
  5. Explore
  6. Explain
  7. Elaborate
  8. Evaluate

Grade 4 – Unit 2: Mini Collision Course

Over the course of 6 lessons, students will work in collaborative learning groups to deepen their understanding of potential and kinetic energy by observing, predicting, measuring and exploring the effect that the height of a ramp has on the transfer of energy to Hot Wheels® cars. The same 5E Model is the basis for the lessons in this unit with the purpose of inspiring students to explore further:

  1. Potential and Kinetic Energy
  2. Measurement and Distance
  3. Relationship Between Energy and Force
  4. How to Present Findings from Research Projects

Prior to starting the Speedometry™ curriculum unit, teachers are advised to watch the unique, unit-specific and lesson-specific videos provided for additional context and guidelines. The following videos are available for Unit 2:

  1. Unit 2 Classroom Intro
  2. 5E Teaching Model
  3. Engage
  4. Explore
  5. Explain
  6. Elaborate
  7. Evaluate

For the full link, click here:

http://www.hotwheels.com/en-us/speedometry.html

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